Financial Aid

During the Revolutionary War, Robert Morris (1734-1806) used his financial know-how to support General Washington’s Continental Army. Today, Robert Morris University is helping to finance the futures of our students.

Higher education is an investment in your future and your quality of life. At RMU, the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid collaborate to help you finance your education. While education is not inexpensive, it is important to note that RMU has a comprehensive strategic plan that includes academic excellence with a focus on the belief that individuals matter.

The Financial Aid Office is here to assist prospective freshman, transfer, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students understand their options in financing their education. We have dedicated financial aid counselors that are here for you throughout your time at RMU. Even after you graduate, we are still here to help you with any of your loan repayment questions.

Please take a look at the information provided here for further information about the Financial Aid process at Robert Morris University. If you have any questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to call us or stop in our office. There is always someone that can help and no appointment is needed.

We look forward to working with you during your time here at RMU.

How do I...

View my Financial Aid Awards

Net Partner is the online Financial Aid portal, which allows students to view the status of their financial aid application, finalized awards and important messages regarding aid eligibility. Once you log in, you can view your awards under the "Awards" tab and view your messages under the "Important Messages" tab.

Please click here to access Net Partner. To log in, please use your RMU Windows/Mac username and password. If you have any issues, please contact your financial aid counselor for assistance.

File my FAFSA

Information on filing your FAFSA can be found on fafsa.gov.

Complete Entrance Counseling

To complete your Entrance Counseling Session:

  • Visit studentloans.gov
  • Click on the "Log In" button
  • Sign in with the requested information
  • Click on the "Complete Counseling" link
  • Choose "Entrance Counseling" and follow the prompts

Please be sure that you also complete your Master Promissory Note (MPN).

  • Visit studentloans.gov
  • Click on the "Log In" button
  • Sign in with the requested information
  • Click on the "Complete Master Promissory Note" link
  • Complete your MPN for the loan type that you need (Subsidized/Unsubsidized or PLUS)

 

Sign my MPN

To complete your Master Promissory Note (MPN):

  • Visit studentloans.gov
  • Click on the "Log In" button
  • Sign in with the requested information
  • Click on the "Complete Master Promissory Note" link
  • Complete your MPN for the loan type that you need (Subsidized/Unsubsidized or PLUS)
Complete Verification Process

If you have been selected for Verification, the following steps will need to be completed.

  • Complete and return a Verification Worksheet as specified by the Financial Aid Office.
  • Utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA for all Federal tax filers. Click here for instructions. Data retrieval must be completed for both the student and the parent (if dependent). Please be sure the FAFSA is fully re-submitted after this step.
    • If you are not eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool you will need to order a Tax Return Transcript directly from the IRS website www.irs.gov or call 800-829-1040. (IRS 1040 forms will not be accepted).
  • If you were not required to file a tax return or had $0 earnings, a Verification of Nonfiling Letter must be submitted. To obtain a Verification of Nonfiling Letter, please visit www.irs.gov or use the 4506-T form available on our website. W-2 form(s) will also be required if earnings from work are reported on the FAFSA.
Complete Exit Counseling

To complete your Exit Counseling Session:

  • Visit studentloans.gov
  • Click on the "Log In" button
  • Sign in with the requested information
  • Click on the "Complete Loan Counseling" link
  • Choose "Exit Counseling" and follow the prompts
Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool

When filing the FAFSA, all eligible students and parents should utilize the IRS Data Retrieval option. The retrieval option will allow Federal tax return information to be pulled directly from the IRS to your FAFSA. If this option was not utilized when initially filing your FAFSA, you may be asked to re-visit the FAFSA website and use the retrieval option for both yourself and a parent (if dependent). Below are instructions on how to complete the process. If an electronic tax return was filed, you should wait two weeks before attempting this process. Those who file a paper tax return should wait six weeks.

  • Visit fafsa.gov
  • Login using your FSA User ID or your name, SSN and birth date
  • Click "Make FAFSA Corrections"
  • Click the "Financial Information" tab near the top of the screen
  • Select "Already Completed" from the drop down box, indicating that you have already filed your Federal taxes
  • You will then be presented with a series of questions to determine your eligibility for the retrieval option. The majority of students and parents will be eligible, however if you or your parent is not, please refer to the information below.
  • If eligible, you will be prompted to enter your FSA ID to proceed to the IRS website for retrieval.
  • On the IRS website, enter all requested information and submit.
  • At this point, your IRS information will display on the page.
  • Click "Transfer Now"
  • Using the links provided, return to the FAFSA website.
  • Go to the "Sign & Submit" tab along the top of the screen.
  • Agree to the terms and click "Submit my FAFSA now".
Complete the Parent PLUS Application

To complete the application:

  • Visit studentloans.gov - sign in, using FSA ID that you used to sign the FAFSA. Please Note: Parent must use his/her own FSA IDto apply for the Parent Plus loan. (If you were not the parent that signed the FAFSA and you do not already have a FSA ID under your own name, you can create one using the link in the upper right hand box)
  • Choose the “Apply for a Direct PLUS Loan” link- then choose the 2nd option- “Direct PLUS Loan Application for Parents”
  • Complete requested demographic and loan information as requested on each screen.
  • Fill in amount you plan to borrow or choose the max eligible option (please keep in mind there will be a 4.264% fees deducted from the amount you borrow).
  • Authorize credit check, and electronically sign the Plus Loan.

 

Office of Financial Aid

Revere Center, Lower Level
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Phone: 412-397-6250
Fax: 412-397-6499
Email: finaid@rmu.edu
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Additional Contacts

Stephanie Hendershot
Senior Director
412-397-6251

Jacquelyn Fraas
Associate Director
412-397-6253

George Fedora
Associate Director
412-397-6252

Sarah Hurley
Debt Management and Financial Aid Specialist
412-397-6255

Janet Lawson
Loan Program Administrator
412-397-6254